Jan. 24, 2013
The Air Force women's gymnastics team opens its home season this Saturday (Jan. 26) with the Air Force Quadrangular at 1 p.m. The meet, the first out four home competitions for the Falcons at Cadet West Gym, will feature Missouri, Texas Woman's University and UC Davis.
SCOUTING THE COMPETITION
Ranked 38th in the GymInfo National Rankings with a season average of 193.325, Missouri currently leads the four teams that are competing at the Air Force Quadrangular. UC Davis, the current leader of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation with a 192.483 average, is ranked 46th nationally, while Texas Woman's University is ranked 53rd with a 191.638 average. Air Force rounds out the four-team field with a 58th-ranking and 190.563 average.
IF YOU CAN'T MAKE IT TO THE MEET
There will be a live webcast of the meet (VIDEO ONLY) at GoAirForceFalcons.com.
AROUND THE LEAGUE
Linnaea Hance is currently ranked second in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation on the uneven bars with an average of 9.750. Jen Larsen is ranked third on the floor exercise (9.738), while Emily Bucher and Ali Ables are ranked fourth (9.623) and sixth (9.600), respectively, on the balance beam. As a team, the Falcons are ranked second with a 190.563 average.
FALCONS CLAIM SEASON'S FIRST DUAL WIN
Backed by an event title from Linnaea Hance (uneven bars), the Falcons defeated MPSF foe Seattle Pacific 190.100-189.425 on Friday, Jan. 18. Air Force improved its team scores on the balance beam and floor exercise, while surpassing the 190-point mark for the second straight week.
HANCE PACES FALCONS IN CONFERENCE DUAL
Linnaea Hance tallied a season-best score of 9.775 to win the uneven bars at Seattle, while also pacing the Falcons in the all-around and on the vault. The junior finished second in the all-around (38.050) and finished third on the vault (9.600).
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Air Force earned two of top three places on the uneven bars. While Linnaea Hance won the event with a season-high score of 9.775, Al Stych scored a season-best 9.625 to finish third. Shannen Kelly was the runner-up on the balance beam, behind a career-best score of 9.700.
WHAT'S AHEAD FOR THE FALCONS
The Falcons return to Denver for the annual Burnsley Invitational at Hamilton Gymnasium on Saturday, Feb. 2. The meet, which features No. 11 Denver, North Carolina and San Jose State, begins at 6 p.m.